Source Information

Kansas Historical Society
Ancestry.com. Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.
Original data:
  • 1855 Kansas Territory Census. Microfilm reel K-1. Kansas State Historical Society.
  • 1856, 1857, and 1858 Kansas Territory Censuses. Microfilm reel K-1. Kansas State Historical Society.
  • 1859 Kansas Territory Census. Microfilm reel K-1. Kansas State Historical Society.
  • 1865 Kansas State Census. Microfilm reels K-1 – K-8. Kansas State Historical Society.
  • 1875 Kansas State Census. Microfilm reels K-1 – K-20. Kansas State Historical Society.
  • 1885 Kansas State Census. Microfilm reels K-1 – K-146. Kansas State Historical Society.
  • 1895 Kansas State Census. Microfilm reels K-1 – K-169. Kansas State Historical Society.
  • 1905 Kansas State Census. Microfilm reels K-1 - K-181. Kansas State Historical Society.
  • 1915 Kansas State Census. Microfilm reels K-1 – K-271. Kansas State Historical Society.
  • 1925 Kansas State Census. Microfilm reels K-1 – K-177. Kansas State Historical Society.

About Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925

This database contains state censuses for Kansas for the following years:


  • 1855*
  • 1856*
  • 1857*
  • 1858*
  • 1859*
  • 1865
  • 1875
  • 1885
  • 1895
  • 1905
  • 1915
  • 1925

*The censuses completed from 1855-1859 are actually voter lists.

See the browse menu for a list of counties included for each census year.

Information available for an individual will vary according to the census year and the information requested on the census form. Some of the information contained in this database though includes:


  • Name
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Birthplace
  • Marital Status
  • Place of enumeration

Additional information about an individual, such as their occupation, where from, or whether able to read or write, may be available on the actual census record. Be sure to view the corresponding image in order to obtain all possible information about an individual.

About State Censuses:

State censuses were often taken in years between the federal censuses. In some places, local censuses were designed to collect specific data, such as the financial strengths and needs of communities; tallies of school-age children and potential school populations to predict needs for teachers and facilities; censuses of military strength, cavalry horse resources, and grain storage; enumeration for revenue assessment and urban planning; and lists to monitor African Americans moving into the northern cities.

Taken from Szucs, Loretto Dennis, "Research in Census Records." In The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, ed. Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997).